James Trask

James Trask

OAKWOOD – James Elmo Trask died unexpectedly while on a golf trip in Myrtle Beach on Nov. 29, 2012.

Jim was born March 14, 1947, in Alton to Elmo and Mildred Trask. He married his loving and devoted wife, Vicki Crawford, on July 20, 1974. She survives.

He is survived by his son, Matthew (Heather) Trask; granddaughters, Claire and Stella Trask; brother, Don (Nancy) Trask; sister-in-law, Judy Steffen; nephews, Brady (Jenn) Trask and Daryl (Danielle) Trask; his niece, Meredith (David) Culp and great niece, Caroline Culp; goddaughters, Heather and Tamryn Gromley; and many dear friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his brother, Charles; brother-in-law, Gary Steffen; and father-in-law, Gene Crawford.

Jim lived life to the fullest. He loved many things: golf, fishing, the St. Louis Cardinals, "Camp Dream," Illinois tailgating and spending time with his granddaughters, the loves of his life.

He was a lifelong educator. After graduating from Eureka College, he taught math and coached football and basketball at Homer High School. He was then principal at Oakwood Grade School and Newtown Middle School. He was elected Regional Superintendent of Schools in 1995 and then retired in 2005.

Services for Jim Trask will be held at 1 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 4, at Sunset Funeral Home and Cremation Center, A Life Celebration Home, in Danville. The Rev. Kim Dancey will officiate. Burial will follow at Stearns Cemetery in Oakwood. Visitation will be held from 4 to 7 p.m. Monday, Dec. 3, also at Sunset in Danville. In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, memorials may be made to the E-Tribe of Eureka College or Oakwood United Methodist Church.

Please join Jim's family in sharing memories on his tribute wall at www.sunsetfuneralhome.com.